Partnership announced between IB and International University Alliance


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The International University Alliance (IUA) and the IB have announced a partnership that will create opportunities for international students and ensure their academic success, building upon both organizations’ mission to expand options for students and ensure their academic success.

The partnership will create programs designed for qualified IB students to have access to some of the top degree programs, faculty and research opportunities at IUA member universities. Qualifications will be judged comprehensively, and students who successfully complete the IB Diploma Programme (DP) will receive preference. This partnership will provide top-achieving international students with streamlined access to leading American universities and their Honors Colleges. Additionally, by welcoming the best and brightest students from around the world to their communities, IUA’s top-tier university members will benefit from a more enriching campus community.

“We believe that through this partnership, the IB DP can further benefit its international student body. Expedited application to top American schools coupled with scholarships and grants for top international students presents new and exciting opportunities,” said Paul Sanders, Head of Recognition at the IB. “Partnering with a forward-thinking organization like the IUA opens new doors both for us, and for the students participating in our diploma programs. 

Together the IUA and the IB will also offer merit scholarships for especially talented IB students admitted to an IUA member university. The scholarships will provide financial support to deserving students, allowing the member universities to reach a new demographic of students.

“We are elated to build enter into this collaboration with the IB, a leader in academia,” said Bill Durden, Chief Global Engagement Officer at the International University Alliance and President Emeritus at Dickinson College. “Through this collaboration, we are able to expand opportunities for new communities of international students aspiring to study in the USA.”

“The University of South Carolina would welcome the opportunity to recruit more international students affiliated with the IB Diploma Programme,” said Allen Miller, University of South Carolina’s Vice Provost and Director of Global Carolina. “USC has the top-ranked public Honors College in the United States, the number-one ranked International Business Program, and our highly-reputed Capstone Scholars Program. We seek the very best students from around the world.  Our experience leads us to believe that many of these students can be found in the IB DP.”

More than 3,200 schools teach the DP, which offers unique academic rigor and places emphasis on students’ personal development. Those schools employ more than 70,000 educators, teaching more than one million students worldwide. In addition to the DP, the IB Career-related Programme (CP) is a framework of international education for students aged 16 to 19 that incorporates the values of the IB into a unique program addressing the needs of students engaged in career-related education. In 2016, half of the IUA member universities received transcripts from CP students.


IUA Member Universities

Adelphi University

American University

Auburn University

Florida International University

Louisiana State University

University of Central Florida

University of Dayton

University of Illinois at Chicago

University of Kansas

University of South Carolina

University of the Pacific

University of Utah